This easy quick bread is one of our most beloved recipes. It has a triple dose of lemon flavor: zest in the batter, syrup that you brush on while the bread is still warm, and a sweet lemon glaze drizzled over the top. Enjoy a slice with a steaming cup of tea any time of day.
Lemon-Blueberry Drizzle Bread
- 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 oz./235 g.) plus 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 cup (4 oz./125 g.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup (6 oz./185 g.) granulated sugar
- 1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml.) whole milk
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (4 oz./125 g.) fresh blueberries
- For the syrup:
- 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 3 Tbs. granulated sugar
- For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup (2 oz./60 g.) confectioners’ sugar
- 3 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350° F (180° C). Butter and flour a 9-by-5-inch (23-by-13-cm.) loaf pan.
In a bowl, sift together the 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and lemon zest on medium-high speed until lightened. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Add the milk and vanilla and stir until blended. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the 1 teaspoon flour. Gently stir into the batter.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Transfer the bread to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and let cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn out onto the rack.
While the bread is baking, make the syrup: In a small saucepan, boil the lemon juice and granulated sugar over medium heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Using a wooden skewer, pierce the sides and bottom of the bread all over. Brush the bread generously with the syrup.
To make the glaze, in a small bowl, stir together the confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice. When the bread is completely cool, drizzle the glaze over the top. Makes 1 large loaf.
Find more irresistible baked treats in our cookbook Home Baked Comfort by Kim Laidlaw.